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25 Great Foreign Films- Foreign From An American Perspective
Jana L. Perskie "ceruleana"
Battleship Potemkin  [DVD]
"Sergei Eisenstein's superb film portrays the 1905 revoltution in microcosm with a dramatization of the real-life mutiny aboard the battleship Potemkin. Extraordinary montage editing."
M - A Film by Fritz Lang (2 Disc - Ultimate Edition)  [DVD]
"Fritz Lang's riveting 1931 drama about a terrified serial killer. Lang also examines the pathology of 20th century society. Peter Lorre is brilliant as Hans Beckert!"
Criterion Coll: Grand Illusion [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Jean Renoir's antiwar masterpiece was one of the first prison escape movies. The film examines the conflict between class and national identity in WWI prison camps."
Rashomon  [DVD]
"Four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. Extraordinary investigatation of the philosophy of justice."
La Strada [DVD] 
"Waif-like Gelsomina is a simpleton sold to a bullying circus strongman. Giulietta Masina gives a heartbreaking performance as the innocent girl with a generous spirit and love of life."
Pather Panchali [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"The 1st film in Satyajit Ray 's amazing Apu Trilogy. A moving story of a rural Bengali family cursed with bad luck. Stunning photography!"
The Seventh Seal - Criterion Collection [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"An allegorical and lyrical film in which a knight returns home, after a decade battling in the Crusades, to duel with Death over a chessboard."
400 Blows - Les Quatre Cents Coup [DVD] 
"A tender and compassionate study of a boy who turns to petty crime in the face of neglect at home and hard times at a reform school. The French New Wave cinema began with this film."
Lawrence of Arabia - Two Disc Set [DVD]
"David Lean's "desert classic," the extraordinary biographical adventures of T.E. Lawrence, the eccentric British officer who united the desert tribes of Arabia against the Turks during World War I."
Fellini's 8 1/2 [DVD]  
"A mesmerizing, magical mystery tour of a movie about a worshipped filmmaker who has lost his inspiration. Brilliant, surreal imagery!"
Breathless [DVD] 
"Jean-Luc Godard's gritty, thrilling New Wave film about amoral youth - starring the ever charismatic Jean-Paul Belmondo."
Criterion Collection: Shop on Main Street [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"A developing friendship between an elderly, hard-of-hearing Jewish woman who owns a button shop, and the amiable, but weak, carpenter appointed by the Nazis as her Aryan controller turns tragic."
Z. [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"'Z' combines political intrigue and social consciousness in this film about the assassination of a left-wing Greek politician, and his government's attempts to cover up the murky circumstances."
Belle De Jour [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Bunuel's "Los Olvidados" is a better film, but is not on Amazon UK's site. In "BDJ" a beautiful young woman married to a doctor, indulges in vivid, erotic fantasies to entertain her sexual desires."
Ran [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Akira Kurosawa's stunning interpretation of King Lear. The king is a 16th-century warlord who decides to retire and divide his kingdom evenly among his three sons."
Jean De Florette [DVD]
"A tragic tale of greed and prejudice among French peasants. Two devious farmers plot to block a water source in order to force a landowner to sell his property."
Manon of the Spring [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"This film complete the epic which began with Jean de Florette. Manon grows to womanhood and vows revenge on the men who have caused her father's death."
Babette's Feast [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Movies do not get better than this! Absolutely delicious, heartwarming, rich and filling!"
Cinema Paradiso  [DVD]
"A small Sicilian boy's love affair with the movies is portrayed here, as well as his touching friendship with the elderly projectionist."
Farewell My Concubine [VHS]
"Spans fifty years of Chinese art, passion and revolution, through the eyes of two male stars of the Peking Opera and the prostitute who comes between them."
Burnt By The Sun [VHS] 
"Despite his reputation and revolutionary record, Sergei Kotov, a Bolshevik hero, is on Stalin's hit list. This is the extraordinary drama about the last happy season in his & his family's life."
Il Postino [VHS] 
"An all time favorite - a shy postman strikes up an unlikely friendship with exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who brings lyricism and romance into the man's life. Massimo Troisi is outstanding!"
Run Lola Run [VHS] 
"We travel with Lola on 3 different journeys, as she tries to save her boyfriend from death. All is controlled by fate, as we discover."
All About My Mother [VHS] 
"Manuela searches for the father of her dead son - but the film's primary focus is on how its female characters deal with their places in the world as women."
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [DVD] 
"An epic set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China, combines martial arts choreography with Ang Lee's classical storytelling ability. A gorgeous movie!"
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